Hey everyone. John The Midwest Flatlander here, and fall is in the air here on the flatland. At our house, fall means birthdays. We have 3 birthdays in September and October, so that means I am grilling which means it's kind of like having my birthday all over again.
So my dear wife had a birthday recently and turned 26 again. She's been turning 26 for years. As soon as I figure out how she does that, I'll write a post about it. So when my wife has a birthday, she gets the day off from cooking which can only mean one thing - fire up the grill! This year's menu - BBQ chicken, deep fried taters, and grilled veggies. Let's get started. I'm getting hungry.
So to start things off, let's get that chicken started. I'm using my one-and-only Weber Kettle Grill setup for indirect grilling (all coals on one side). We like chicken thighs, so that's what we are putting on.
I know what you're thinking. Why did you setup the grill for indirect grilling when you're cooking over the hot coals? So glad you asked. I like to cook the chicken over the hot coals first, and then move them over to the cold side after I glaze them with BBQ sauce. My favorite sauce to use for chicken is Curley's. Once I glaze the chicken with Curley's sauce, I move the chicken thighs to the cold side, and put the lid on with the vent holes right above the chicken. That sauce will caramelize and take on a darker color giving that chicken a dynamite flavor. Cooking time is approximately 30 minutes.
Now that the chicken thighs are done, let's get the veggies going. So this time around I'm using mushrooms, red bell peppers, and sweet red onions. I've also done zucchini and yellow squash. First thing I do is marinade the veggies overnight using this marinade. Note, this marinade is also great for chicken, but this time I'm using Curley's. Once they are good and marinaded, I put them on the grill directly over the coals. I'm looking for a great char, so I let them cook with the grill lid off. Oh, and my wife just recently got me a new veggie basket for me to use on the grill, so this one will go back to being a burger basket. Use what you have. Make it work. Cooking time is approximately 15 minutes depending on how much char you like.
Now for the deep fried veggies. So there aren't a lot of things in the kitchen that I like to use. Cast iron pans, toaster, and the Fry Daddy. Since we are deep frying taters, it's Fry Daddy time. Take any size potatoes and chop them into cubes. I had some tiny taters from my garden that I cut in half. I left the skins on, but you can peel them if you want. Heat the oil in the Fry Daddy and put the taters into the hot oil. Let them fry until golden brown. Remove from oil, place them on a plate with paper towels to soak up the excess oil, sprinkle with Lawry's Seasoned Salt and eat. Delicious!
I didn't try dessert. She insisted on making herself a cheesecake. I'm not arguing, but I gotta say cheesecake on the grill sounds fantastic to me. Maybe next year. Give this a try for your wife's next birthday.
That will do it for this session. I'll see you next time, and remember leave no trace...leave a legacy.